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Time to play: action and interaction in contemporary art

Time to play: action and interaction in contemporary art

Zimna, Katarzyna, author

Katarzyna Zimna links the theory and history of 20th and 21st century art with ideas developed within play, game and leisure studies, and the philosophical theories of Kant, Gadamer and Derrida, to critically engage with current discussion on the role of the artist, viewers, curators and their spaces of encounter. Play art' or interactive art is becoming a central concept in the contemporary art world, disrupting the traditional role of passive observance usually assumed by audiences, allowing them active participation. The work of 'play' artists - from Carsten Holler's 'Test Site' at the Tate Modern to Gabriel Orozco's 'Ping Pond Table' - must be touched, influenced and experienced; the gallery-goer is no longer a spectator but a co-creator. Time to Play explores the role of play as a central but neglected concept in aesthetics and a model for ground-breaking modern and postmodern experiments that have intended to blur the boundary between art and life. Moving freely between disciplines, Katarzyna Zimna links the theory and history of 20th and 21st century art with ideas developed within play, game and leisure studies, and the philosophical theories of Kant, Gadamer and Derrida, to critically engage with current discussion on the role of the artist, viewers, curators and their spaces of encounter. She combines a consideration of the philosophical implications of play with the examination of how it is actually used in modern and postmodern art - looking at Dada, Surrealism, Fluxus and Relational Aesthetics. Focusing mainly on process-based art, this bold book proposes a fresh approach - reaching beyond classical cultural theories of play

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Published London: I.B. Tauris, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Katarzyna Zimna
ISBN: 0857728458, 9780857728456
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 215 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Performance art.; Conceptualism; Play in art.; History of art; Theory of art; Other graphic art forms; Cultural studies; Interactive art.; Art and Design.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781780763033

Contents

  1. List of Illustrations v
  2. Acknowledgements viii
  3. Introduction
  4. 1 Modern Perspectives on Play
  5. 2 12Play is a Movement in between the Opposites
  6. 3 Play: From Modern Strategy t oPost-modern Tactic
  7. 4The Turn to Play
  8. Conclusion159
  9. Notes168
  10. References193
  11. SelectedBibliography
  12. Index